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Blue Gums Tongue

Blue Gums Tongue

Change in color of the gums and/or the tongue to purple or blue. Blue gums and/or tongue doesn't always have to be life-threatening, for example, in some breeds blue gums and tongue are common. However, in case it is not common, it is advised to visit a veterinarian to determine the cause and to choose the treatment.

How to Recognize

A pet's gums or tongue will appear a bluish - blackish color.

Causes of Blue Gums Tongue

There are several possible causes for blue gums or tongue. An obstructed airway, inhalation of smoke, or trauma to the neck area may be the cause of discoloration. Conditions such as Heartworms and Pneumonia can also be associated with blue gums and tongue.


Your veterinarian or you, if possible, should immediately check for an obstructed airway. If there is no apparent intrusion or trauma, your veterinarian will test your pet for conditions that may be associated with a blue tongue or gums.

Treatment for Blue Gums Tongue

If your pet's airway is compromised, seek emergency medical attention immediately. If your pet appears to be breathing normally, contact your veterinarian to learn if the discoloring is abnormal in your pet's breed.

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